Passing of a great teacher

2019-05-08 06:01
The late Elizabeth Georgiana Firmstone.PHOTO: supplied

The late Elizabeth Georgiana Firmstone.PHOTO: supplied

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DEVOTING her life to education and beginning her teaching career from the young age of 14, award-winning educator Elizabeth Georgiana Firmstone was laid to rest on April 27 having taught at Little Flower School in Ixopo for 51 years.

Beginning a glittering career at such a young age after one day being called to the office by the principal, Firmstone recalled in an interview prior to her death how this was the moment when she was first asked to assist as a teacher, because of the war in 1941, due to her excellent marks.

Firmstone accepted the challenge to teach and would later go on to complete her teaching degree at the age of 55 through Unisa.

She then went on to achieve her postgraduate diploma at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Firmstone retired from teaching at Little Flower School in 1991 but continued to teach outside of the classroom, such was her passion towards her profession.

A teacher revered by her pupils throughout her career for the work she did, Firmstone was nominated by various former pupils and received the Presidential Award, The Order of the Baobab from then president Jacob Zuma in 2009.

Speaking on her award in 2009, Firmstone said: “I tell myself that this is not for me but for all the people who worked at Little Flower School and helped shape the lives of so many young people.”

Firmstone is survived by her two children who relocated abroad years ago.

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